One More Way to Prevent CVL Infections

While a recent study (JPGN 2014; 59: 177-81) discusses the results of several strategies for limiting CVL infections, I found one approach in particular of interest.

This single center study (2009-2013, n=48 children) from Birmingham, UK examined a multidisciplinary enhanced care pathway regarding CVL care.  Implementation of this pathway lowered the risk of all-cause line infections from 1.98 per 1000 parenteral nutrition days to 0.45.  The pathway included training care providers, careful discharge planning, having those with skin conditions see dermatologists, and monitoring compliance.

One important observation was that methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) infections were often preceded by local signs of infection for a short period prior to systemic infection.  “We devised a pathway for exit site infections in which a swab is taken and empiric topical mupirocin commenced immediately. A decision on any further management is made after 24 to 48 hours.”

Take-home message: Implementing a CVL care pathway lowers CVL infections.  Implementing topical therapy at the first signs of a localized infection can be an important part of this effort.

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